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Magnet Magazine is throwing a birthday bash at The Troc with Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood, Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus | photo by Chris Durbin
Titus Andronicus | photo by Chris Durbin

Indie music magazine Magnet turns 21 this year and it is gearing up to celebrate in a big way.  The locally founded and run publication has invited indie rock veterans Guided By Voices to headline a birthday show at The Trocadero on May 22nd, supported by alt rockers Surfer Blood and Jersey punk rockers Titus Andronicus.  Tickets for the 21+ event will be available here.  Check out videos from the performers below.

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Chill Moody preps for the impending rap takeover on his new track “Godzilla”

Artwork via soundcloud.com/chillmoody
Artwork via soundcloud.com/chillmoody

Philly’s Chill Moody is asserting dominance via hashtag rap on his new Mike Zombie-assisted track “Godzilla”. Both rappers spit lethal rhymes over the beat which includes a loop of what sounds like a shrieking Godzilla. Before getting sentimental at Hard Rock Cafe for his annual Valentines Day show (inspired by his mixtape Who Do You Love) on February 7th (tickets here), Chill Moody will blaze the Trocadero stage on January 30th. Get tickets here (for 96 cents!).

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Rail Park Benefit at Union Transfer, Erin McKeown Anti-Holiday Spectacular at Ardmore Music Hall, Lupe Fiasco at The Trocadero and more

Photo by Joe Del Tufo
Photo by Joe Del Tufo

Tonight, Union Transfer hosts a star-studded fundraiser concert for The Rail Park – a proposed public green space built along the rail tracks of the abandoned reading viaduct. The concert, which looks to raise money for the first phase of the project, will feature performances by Birdie Busch, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock and more. It also includes what is rumored to be The Walkmen‘s final performance…at least for a long time. All of the event’s proceeds will benefit Friends of the Rail Park; get tickets here.

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Just Announced: Broken Bells releasing new LP in January, coming to The Trocadero in March

 

Broken Bells | photo via www.facebook.com/brokenbellsmusic
Broken Bells | photo via www.facebook.com/brokenbellsmusic

Broken Bells, the collaborative project between James Mercer (The Shins) and producer extraordinnaire Dangermouse, are back with a new record and tour.  After the Disco will be released in January, with the tour bringing Broken Bells to The Trocadero on March 8th.  After the Disco follows the duo’s 2010 debut self-titled LP.  Tickets for the Philadelphia date go on sale Friday, November 22nd at 10 a.m. and will be available here.  Listen to the first single from the record below – “Holding on For Life” is a slick track that bounces between spacey electronica and Bee Gees-esque pop.

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The Sound Of Animals Fighting announce their first shows in seven years (playing The Trocadero 3/20)

Experimental rock outfit The Sound Of Animals Fighting recently announced that they will play a string of five shows this upcoming March, and that they will kick it all off at The Trocadero. The band has not been active in recent years; their most recent performance was in 2006, and their most recent release was The Ocean and the Sun back in 2008. Despite the seemingly short life span of the band, they have a cult following for their bizarre samples and time signatures. Oh, and for Anthony Green screaming over breakneck riffs and spastic drums. Fronted by the Circa Survive frontman (who we’re featuring this week in the Unlocked series), the band consists of current and former RX Bandits members Matt Embree, Chris Tsagakis and Rich Balling. From the band’s Facebook page:

In the signature spirit of The Sound of Animals Fighting’s always unique ventures, fans can again expect a one-of-a-kind experience at the upcoming tour dates, complete with intimate vignette solo performances by the likes of Embree, Green, and C-Gak as they enter the shows.

If you need more evidence that this show is going to be crazy, check out a video of one of their older performances below. Buy tickets to the show at The Troc here starting Friday November 15th at noon.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Orb at The Trocadero, James Hunter Six at World Cafe Live at The Queen, XPN Welcomes Diego Garcia at World Cafe Live and more

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English electronic duo The Orb bring their 25th anniversary tour to The Trocadero tonight.  Bandmates Alex Paterson and Martin “Youth” Glover have marked the quarter-century milestone with a new album called More Tales from the Orbservatory, released on Cooking Vinyl this past June.  The album matches the auditory structure of earlier releases, synching European-sounding house music with vocal samples that are usually spoken rather than sung.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Watch a live video of The Orb performing “Little Fluffy Clouds” below.

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Photos: The Naked and Famous and The Colourist at The Troc

The Naked and Famous | Photo by Melody Chiang
The Naked and Famous | Photo by Melody Chiang
New Zealand alt-rock five-piece The Naked and Famous paid a visit to Philadelphia this week, headlining The Trocadero Theater on Tuesday in support of their sophomore album, In Rolling Waves. Joining them was The Colourist from Southern California; check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Peter Hook treats The Troc to a three-hour extravaganza of New Order and Joy Division (photos, review, setlist)

Peter Hook | Photo by Pete Troshak | www.flickr.com/photos/petryfrompaAll Photos by Pete Troshak | www.flickr.com/photos/petryfrompa

Former New Order and Joy Division member Peter Hook and his band The Light rocked the 143-year-old Trocadero Theatre for nearly three hours on Saturday night. The band is on tour playing the New Order albums Movement and Power, Corruption & Lies in their entirety along with assorted B-sides from those albums. Early arrivers were rewarded with a surprise when mysterious opening band “Slaves Of Venus” turned out to be none other than Hook And The Light performing a set of Joy Division songs.

Hook sported a mohawk, looked fit enough to dominate a rugby scrum and stalked the stage with a certain well-earned swagger. He swapped between his trademark bass and guitar as needed and handled all the lead vocals impressively, especially the Joy Division songs which he delivered in a haunting way that would’ve made the irreplaceable Ian Curtis proud. Hook was backed by his son Jack Bates on bass, David Potts on guitar, Andy Poole on keyboards, and Paul Kehoe on drums.

Bates and Hook occasionally both played bass simultaneously, which helped to recreate the bass heavy nature of many of the Joy Division and New Order tracks. Bates resembles his father both in look and skill when playing, both hunch over their basses intently, nimbly but fiercely plucking the strings. Potts is the secret weapon of the band though, providing stinging notes and sheets of guitar texture to the electronic based sound of the two bands.

The lighting was kept minimal during this intense seven song opening set. Highlights were a pounding, primal “Dead Souls” and the gothic, starkly beautiful B-side “In A Lonely Place.” After a brief break, the band returned to the stage to play New Order songs. They kicked off this part of the show with “Ceremony,” honoring the legacy of New Order by playing a powerful rendition of their first single to the delight of the hardcore fans who packed the venue. They then played the entire Movement album. Hook and the Light recreated the album perfectly, with highlights being a hard driving “Chosen Time” and a fierce “Denial.” Next came another short break then Power, Corruption & Lies.

Power… is on just about every best album of the eighties list, and despite it’s dark title and subject matter it has a brighter sound than the rest of the songs from this show. The mood lightened during the playing of this album, the band played louder and looser and the crowd was dancing and singing even up in the balcony. The highlight of this this set was the late double shot of electronic music excellence “Ultraviolence” followed by “Ecstasy.”

Late in the Power… set, Hook stopped to tell the audience “You’ve made an old man very happy,” leading to a huge passionate cheer from the crowd. After finishing the album another brief break came before the encore. The band closed with a powerful three song run of the underrated but memorable “Everything’s Gone Green,” a throbbing version of “Temptation” and the ultimate show closer “Blue Monday.” “Blue Monday” featured the band at peak form with Hook banging on a drum machine and firing off notes occasionally on guitar and Poole adding a swirling chorus of electronic angels and pulsating runs on the keys. Late in the song came the most memorable chill-inducing moment of the night, as Hook and son Bates stood next to each other and both unleashed that memorable twenty-two note, echoing warpath-like hook of the song, driving the song and show to a perfect conclusion. Check out a gallery of the show below, and complete setlists after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dice Raw at City Hall, Kalob Griffin Band at Penn Museum, Prefuse 73 / Spaceship Aloha at Morgan’s Pier, At Fest at the Troc

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Philly hip hop artist Dice Raw will be performing for free at City Hall tonight as part of the City Hall Presents concert series. His newest album, Jimmy’s Back, is available. The album’s is based on The New Jim Crow, a bestselling book by Michele Alexander. Along with the LP, Dice Raw is releasing a short documentary that explores mass incarceration and the prison system, especially in Philadelphia. The concert will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall courtyard. Listen to Dice Raw’s new track, “Animal,” below.

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Just Announced: The Orb playing The Trocadero 10/26

51-etxl1English electronic/ambient house music pioneers The Orb are gearing up to head out on a 25th anniversary tour this fall which includes a show at The Troc on Saturday, October 26th, as reported by the venue’s Twitter. Tickets to this rare stateside appearance go on sale this Friday, August 2nd at noon, and are sure to sell fast. The band’s latest, More Tales from the Orbservatorycame out this past June. Check out the tune “Fussball” (which features legendary reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry) off that release below, and find more info on their Troc show here.